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Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, South Carolina
29528-6054

phone
843-349-2244

fax
843-234-0426

Austin Manning Hitt

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Expertise
Secondary science education

College
Spadoni College of Education

Biography
Austin Manning Hitt, assistant professor of secondary science education, joined the Coastal Carolina University faculty in 2004. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of West Flordia and a master's degree in zoology and wildlife science from Auburn University. Hitt also earned a master's degree in education specializing in secondary biology education from the University of West Flordia. He earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction for science education from Indiana University.

His research interests include college and high school students' perception of evolution, the impact of conceptual-based science instruction, and the impact of innate moral beliefs and teacher's pedagogical beliefs.

He has written many articles including "Best in Show: Teaching Old Dogs To Use Rubrics, The Professional Educator," published online in the Professional Educator in 2009. In 2008 Hitt published "Are teachers really different?" and "Getting at the core issues of science teaching, a model-based approach to science instruction" in The Science Educator.

Hitt's areas of expertise include educational psychology, child development and instructional methods.

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